ATM Modernization

NATS Receives New Funding for Air Traffic Modernization

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | November 22, 2016
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[Avionics Magazine 11-22-2016] NATS, the U.K. Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), has signed new grant agreements with the European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) totaling $27.6 million to help accelerate the modernization of the U.K.’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology. According to NATS, the grant agreements result from INEA’s 2015 Multi-Annual Call for projects supporting the European Union’s Connection Europe Facility (CEF) program and will help NATS in its deployment of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) technologies.
Paul Haskins, Director of Service, Strategy and Transformation at NATS and Mr Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) formally exchanged signed copies of four Grant Agreements at a ceremony in Brussels. Photo: NATS.

The projects being funded by the grants will help NATS deliver systems upgrades and a new operations room at the Swanwick Center, from which London and most of the U.K.’s airspace is controlled. 

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